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Brexit and its impact on the UK’s banking industry

Published on December 3, 2019 by Shamila Deen

The EU granted a further Brexit extension until 20 January 2020, and the UK’s lawmakers have backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid to hold a general election on 12 December 2019. They believe this will overcome the deadlock in the UK since the House of Commons rejected PM Johnson’s Brexit deal due to inadequate time to review the bill. Uncertainty prevails.

In the given circumstances, 275 firms in the UK’s banking and finance sector have been identified as taking precautionary measures by relocating to other EU countries, expecting a worst-case scenario of a “no-deal” exit.

Few firms have revealed their reasons for relocating a reported GBP800bn in bank assets, accounting for 10% of the UK’s banking system. The final impact is likely to be far greater, with a ripple effect on the UK economy as it ultimately leads to job losses. Most firms have opted to shift to Dublin or Frankfurt, Frankfurt being the most attractive for both commercial banks and investment banks. The shift in EU base is likely to affect over 5,000 jobs, according to a survey by newfinancial.org. While a few employees are likely to be relocated, the majority would be replaced by new hires, with the banks incurring high labour costs in terms of terminal benefits and recruitment and training costs.

Shifting the EU base would also require investment in new capex, including in IT infrastructure, obtaining new regulatory permissions from the relevant regulators, and establishing new divisions and organisational hierarchies. Most banks and finance companies have already started such investment.

UK banks’ earnings per share could drop 15-20% in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to Citigroup, on the back of an economic slowdown and lower interest rates. This would strain cash flow needed for investment in new EU branches or hubs.

Banks that remain within the UK are likely to face the following risks: loss of business due to foreign-exchange fluctuations or business relocation, fewer import and export transactions due to the unavailability of single-market “passport rights”, and exchange risks from currency translations. A possible Brexit deal is also likely to alter banks’ relationships with their customers within the EU as they shift from being “within the group” to “cross-border”, reshaping business dynamics, depending on the terms on which Brexit is concluded, if at all. Most of the UK’s trade deals with over 60 non-EU countries, including financial services deals, are conducted through the EU; therefore, Brexit would require new deals to be drawn up for the UK, delaying business until the deals are finalised.

The Bank of England states that the UK banks are well positioned to cope with any liquidity issues arising from shifting operations or remaining in the UK. Risk-weighted assets account for approximately 17% of their tier 1 capital levels (three times higher than during the global financial crisis of 2018), indicating sufficient cash reserves for contingencies.

In either scenario, the banks’ profitability will likely be impacted adversely in the short to medium term, further compounded by global economic conditions that indicate an impending recession. In these circumstances, the UK’s banking sector will likely maximise cost savings. Knowledge process outsourcing is an alternative that could be considered, with organisations such as Acuity Knowledge Partners boasting proven track records of delivering knowledge services to banks. Outsourcing does not entail additional capex; rather, it would benefit banks’ bottom lines, as costs will be less than for employing from EU countries or even from the UK.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/oct/29/brexit-latest-news-general-election-debate-boris-johnson-faces-backlash-from-tories-over-plan-to-hold-election-before-passing-withdrawal-bill-live-news

https://newfinancial.org/the-impact-of-brexit-on-the-city/

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-news-latest-boris-johnsons-deal-will-leave-uk-70bn-worse-off-a-year-than-remaining-in-eu-a4273841.html

https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/news/article-7553869/Bank-England-says-Britains-banks-able-cope-no-deal-Brexit.html


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Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Shamila Deen has over 12 years of banking experience in corporate lending. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supported the local arm of a leading international bank; an Islamic bank in Doha, Qatar; and a local commercial bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She holds a BBA from Northwood University of Michigan, USA, and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA, UK.

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Stevi Joseph

Associate Director, Portfolio Research, Operations and Risk

Stevi heads the Portfolio Research, Operations and Risk practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has over 12 years of experience in the investment management industry across portfolio analytics, manager research, investment reporting and data management. He has extensive experience in building bespoke tools for asset managers for their analytics and reporting purposes. Stevi holds a Master of Science degree in Physics.

Ye Ji

Associate

Ye Ji presently serves as research associate in Acuity investment Beijing research team. She has over 4 years of total work experience with a focus on financial analysis, newsletter & presentation materials making and company comparable & recent transaction comps analysis. Also conduct desk research mainly in Internet, consumer retail, pharmaceutical industries. Previously served as research associate and team leader of an Investment Banking research team, supported a leading global investment bank and responsible for quality check and client communication. Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Information system), University of Auckland

Ying Wang

Associate

Ying Wang is an associate of a hedge fund team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing Office, and has around four years of work experience with a focus on company valuation, financial modelling, industry and market research. Prior to joining Acuity, Ying gained experience in asset management. Ying holds double master degrees - Master in Management and MSc in Corporate Finance & Banking, Grande École Programme, from EDHEC Business School.

Manish Jha

Delivery Lead,Investment Research

Manish Jha is a part of Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has around seven years of work experience supporting global sell-side clients on Equity Research including building financial models, initiating coverage reports, thematic reports, ad-hoc data research, and earnings review. Manish holds Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Finance from IIIT, Pune.

Mrutyunjay Panigrahi

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking Practice

Mrutyunjay Panigrahi is part of the Investment Banking division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, attached to the energy and natural resources sector. He has spent more than 11 years at Acuity Knowledge Partners and currently leads a team catering to a leading global investment bank. He holds an MBA in Finance from Utkal University.

Sunil Chippalakatti

Delivery Manager

Sunil Chippalakatti has 13 years of experience in Anti Money Laundering (AML) and KYC due diligence, having previously worked for JPMorgan India and Tata Consultancy Services. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance, focusing on transition, set up and managing KYC and AML/CFT operations. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he manages two due diligence engagements. Sunil has done MBA from M P Birla Institute of Management, Bangalore

Swati Gera

Senior Associate

Swati Gera has 5.6 years of experience in AML Analytics and KYC due diligence, having previously worked for Infosys. Her expertise are in enabling financial institutions evaluate the transaction monitoring models with the objective of improving the effectiveness of alerts generated. She also has extensive experience in performing risk reviews of at the time of onboarding customers & vendors. Swati has done her B.Tech (Computer Science) from Lingayas University, Faridabad.

Anmol Jain

Analyst, Fund Marketing Services

Anmol Jain is a key member of the Fund Marketing Services division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Bangalore. He has close to 1.5 years of work experience in the industry, with work related to investment commentary writing and credit analysis. He is a B.Com. (Hons.) graduate from Delhi University and a CFA Level 2 candidate, with keen interest in areas such as portfolio management, attribution commentary writing and investment analysis.

Abhisek Sasmal

Assistant Director

Abhisek Sasmal has over 10 years of work experience in equity and macro research, financial and credit risk modelling. Currently he is supporting the banking coverage of a European sell side specialists in financial services. Prior to that, he supported a European buy side client mainly on the diversified financial sector. Before joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he used to work with some leading domestic sell side firms in India on diversified sectors.

Priyanka Gupta

Delivery Lead, Private Equity

Priyanka Gupta has 7 years of experience in ESG and market research roles. She has worked extensively in conducting ESG Research in one of the top market research firms in Gurgaon. She is a Certified Research Expert and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Human Resource) and a Bachelor’s degree in Technology (Computer Science)

Aman Chopra

Delivery Manager, Private Equity

Aman Chopra has more than 9 years of experience working on a variety of research and analysis assignments serving multiple divisions of private equity clients including investment research, due diligence, marketing and client relations.

Amit Kumar Mishra

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Amit has over 8 years of experience in leading teams in the Financial Reporting, Investment Research and Consulting, and Commercial Lending domains. His expertise spans SEC reporting, regulatory reporting, credit appraisal, investment research report writing and mutual fund rating.

At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is part of the Commercial Lending team, focusing on analysing companies in diverse sectors such as oil and gas, commercial and industrial, not-for-profit and business services. Amit holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Ishan Institute of Management & Technology, Greater Noida, and a B.Com from Gorakhpur University.

Vivek Krishna

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Vivek has over 13 years of experience in commercial credit underwriting, credit portfolio monitoring and corporate and investment banking. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he leads a service delivery team managing end-to-end credit portfolio monitoring of C&I and specialised lending portfolio of a large banking client, with earlier stints as Credit Manager (wholesale originations) and Senior Equipment Finance Underwriter. He is experienced in conducting in-depth credit reviews, stressed assets quality reviews and event/regulatory impact analysis. Vivek also holds strong domain knowledge in global healthcare and oil and gas industries. Prior to Acuity, he has worked in financial/credit research roles with firms including Citibank, Guggenheim Partners and ICICI Bank. Vivek is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). He also holds an MBA with specialisation in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking from ITM Business School.

Narayan Somani

Associate Director, Commercial Lending

Narayan has over 12 years of experience in credit analysis covering multiple asset classes, including loans (bilateral and syndicated), fixed income securities and project finance for a diverse clientele comprising corporate and investment banks, commercial banks, asset managers, and hedge funds. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he leads several delivery teams supporting banks in credit analysis of syndicated and middle-market exposures. Narayan has expertise in loan process consulting and support, end-to-end loan underwriting and credit monitoring, including process transformation. He is well-versed in regulatory requirements in the US and Europe with respect to loan portfolio monitoring. Narayan holds an MBA with specialisation in Finance from ICFAI Business School and B.Com (Hons.) in Accountancy.

Dilinie Gunathilaka

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Dilinie Gunathilaka is a Delivery Manager at Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Commercial Lending team in Colombo. Previously at Acuity, she was an Analyst in equity research and fixed income research. She has over 13 years of experience and holds a MSc in Management (Finance, Special) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is also an Associate Member of CIMA UK and a CFA Level III candidate.

Narendra Mendru

Delivery Lead, Compliance Operations

Narendra Mendru has 5 years of experience in Trade surveillance. He worked with various firms, including Bank of America and HSBC. In his current role, He is working as delivery lead with Acuity knowledge partners and supports clients as SME in trade surveillance. He holds MBA degree, specialized in finance from MATS Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Kumail Jillisger

Associate Director, Head of Financial Crimes Compliance

As Head of Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) vertical, Kumail oversees the engagement management and delivery framework for Due Diligence operations, Transaction Monitoring and AML Analytics. He is also responsible to strengthen the vertical by recommending optimal business solution to clients and technology oversight for FCC vertical. Kumail has 25+ years of prolific experience in KYC/AML operations, back office operations, process migration, business analysis and system implementation, process deliveries and team building. He puts strong focus on identifying risk in a process and believes in leveraging his IT know-how for automating operations.

Isha Vyas

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Isha Vyas is a management post-graduate with over 5 years of work experience in investment research. She has experience in building and updating FIC models and is also well-versed in writing opinionated investment notes on corporates and banks. Currently, she is working for a private banking division of a large Switzerland-based bank and provides opinionated credit research notes (initiation and maintenance) and issuer rating recommendations on corporates and banks. Isha holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary.

Pratik Bhagat

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Pratik is a management post-graduate with over 5 years of work experience in Fixed Income Research. He has experience in initiation and maintenance of FIC models, handling credit return and spread, writing opinionated investment notes, and understanding of various statistical algorithms. Currently, he is working for a private banking division of a large Switzerland-based bank and provides opinionated credit research notes and issuer rating recommendations on corporates and Sovereign. Pratik holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance), Post Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics & Business Intelligence (Machine Learning) and Bachelor in Technology (Petroleum).

Ankur Jain

Delivery Manager

Ankur Jain is a Delivery Manager in Acuity Knowledge Partners with over 5.5 years of experience in equity research and strategy for the US and global markets. He is an expert in macro level analysis. Ankur is also well-versed in analyzing financial data and using various data source tools. Ankur has also worked extensively on M&A-related analysis for his client. Ankur Jain is a CFA Level 3 Candidate and holds an MBA in Finance.

Monali Samaddar

Associate, Quantitative Services

Monali Samaddar is an Associate in Acuity Knowledge Partners with over 3 years of experience in economic research. She is experienced in delivering research insights and event-related commentaries on ASEAN 5 economies and other key global developments. Monali is adept at handling research requests and maintaining large databases. Monali Samaddar holds a Masters in Economics.

Avinash Kumar

Delivery Manager Investment Research

Avinash Kumar has over 7 years of experience in Equity research roles. He has worked extensively in conducting fundamental and technical research for listed companies in emerging markets. Avinash extensively covered Media and Telecom companies across Asia region and has been actively assisting Buy side clients with equity research roles. Avinash is a CFA and MBA in Finance.

Arjun Prasad

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Arjun Prasad has over 5 years of experience in fixed income research. He has experience in supporting European and US based CLO managers by identifying suitable constituents through screening and analyzing credit quality of high yield European and US issuers. His analysis has assisted his clients to successfully roll off multiple warehouses. He holds MBA (Finance) and Bachelor of Engineering.

Shawaf Ali Baig

Associate, Compliance

Shawaf Ali Baig has overall 2.5 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked for State Street Global Advisors as an analyst and his expertise spans across Compliance, Policy monitoring and Personal Account dealing. At Acuity he is a part of the Central compliance team and is responsible for monitoring Corporate Compliance and trading compliance for a client. He has completed Bachelors in Commerce from Jain University, Bengaluru

Rohit Tyagi

Deliver Manager, Strategic Research and Consulting

Rohit is aligned with Acuity's, Strategy Research and Consulting team with an experience of over 10 (ten) years in managing and executing projects in different sectors including Energy, Infrastructure and Power etc.

Rohit has a diverse experience of working with stakeholders across the value chain including project developers, regulators, policy makers, financial institutes, investment agencies etc. with focus on strategy and operations, new investments, deal advisory, suggesting market entry strategies, business plans, process transformations, operation strategy, pitch documents, implementation support etc. for diverse players in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Prior to joining Acuity, Rohit has worked for one of the big-4 consulting firm and other boutique management consulting firms.

Rohit holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A) with specialization in Energy from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (U.P.E.S) and a Bachelors in Engineering (B.E) from M.D.U, India

Longaijing Ning

Associate, CCP PE-MSPEA

Longaijing Ning is an associate of PE team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing Office. She is experienced in conducting industry and company research on both qualitative and quantitative basis. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Longaijing gained experience in buy-side research. Longaijing holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Peking University, and a Master’s degree in investment research from University of London.

Ashwin Jose

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Ashwin has about 6 years of experience in buy side/sell side equity research and is currently working on the transportation sector at Acuity. He holds an MBA in Finance and is a commerce graduate.”

Gunjan Upadhyay

Delivery Lead

Gunjan Upadhyay has over 9 years of experience in market and business research domain. She works as Consumer Products & Retail market subject matter expert. Gunjan has been actively assisting leading Private Equity firms and Consumer team of Management Consulting client. Gunjan holds an MBA in Finance and a Master’s degree in Economics.

Preeti Rai

Senior Associate, Compliance Operations

Preeti Rai has overall 4 years of experience in compliance & banking operations, having worked for various firms including State Street Global Advisors and Northern Trust her expertise spans across Compliance, Policy monitoring and Risk surveillance . At Acuity she is responsible for monitoring Code of Ethics for a client. Preeti has completed her Masters in Commerce from Christ University, Bengaluru

Dipender Thapa

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Dipender Thapa has 12 years of experience in investment research and commercial lending. In his 8+ years at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has managed several credit research and commercial lending teams. He is an expert in the financial institutions group (FIG) sector – covering banks, insurance companies, funds, and sovereigns – and has conducted analyst training sessions at Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Bangalore and Colombo delivery centers.

He has set up two new commercial lending accounts in the past three years. He currently oversees a commercial lending analyst team supporting one of the largest investment banks in Europe in managing its FIG loan portfolio.

Keerthivarman Balasubramaniam

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Keerthivarman holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. Has over 10 years of professional experience covering the US commercial real estate sector, with more than six years in Acuity Knowledge Partners. Before joining Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Kipling team, Keerthi has worked with BlackRock and Accenture. Keerthi has been part of the Kipling RECM team since its inception. Is currently associated with the RECM team as Business Analyst, working directly with the client on technical support related to on-going business requirements.

Harsha Modha

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Harsha Modha has nine years of experience in equity research. As a delivery manager at Acuity, she supports a client with research on the automotive and transportation industry. Her responsibilities include quality assurance, workflow management and maintaining the client relationship. Prior to joining Acuity, she worked at Guggenheim Transparent Value, Mumbai. She holds an MBA from ICFAI Business School (IBS), Mumbai.

Tong Chen

Senior Associate, IB

Tong Chen has associated with Acuity's for around 4 years supporting US-based investment banks’ Asia Pacific division. Currently the team leader of one IBD team, duties including financial analysis, company profile, industry research, IPO and bond issuance materials preparation, peers benchmarking, etc. Bachelor of Statistics from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and Master of Finance from Hult International Business School (San Francisco Campus)

Zahin Mohammed

Associate, FMS

Zahin Mohammed has over 4+ years of experience in the financial services industry. His expertise areas include investment banking, writing market commentaries, attribution reports and client reporting. In his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he provides support in fund marketing services for the asset management industry. Zahin holds an MBA in Finance from Vellore Institute of Technology.

Achini Udugama

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Achini is Delivery Lead at Acuity Knowledge Partners’ commercial lending team in the Colombo Office. She has over 6 years of onshore experience in corporate lending. Prior to this, she was part of the corporate banking team for a local bank in Sri Lanka. She has a Master of Economics and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sandani Fernando

Associate, FMS

Sandani Fernando is currently part of the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She supports and contributes to digital marketing strategies for clients, handles marketing collateral projects for finance-related content and periodically updates and maintains digital marketing assets. She has over two years of experience in content management, marketing production, finance and capital markets. Sandani holds a degree in business management and finance. She is a CIMA passed finalist and is currently preparing for her master’s degree in Business Administration.

Shamila Deen

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Shamila Deen has over 12 years of banking experience in corporate lending. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supported the local arm of a leading international bank; an Islamic bank in Doha, Qatar; and a local commercial bank in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She holds a BBA from Northwood University of Michigan, USA, and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA, UK.

Supuni Dharmasena

Analyst, Commercial Lending

Supuni Dharmasena is an analyst with over a year of work experience in supporting the Commercial Lending team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Her responsibilities involve writing credit reports, covenant monitoring and risk rating.

She is a CIMA Passed Finalist and a CFA Level I candidate.

Manish Mohan Raj

Delivery Manager, Forensic Compliance

Manish is the delivery manager and subject matter expert for the forensic compliance practice. He has over 8 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners he worked as an associate with Goldman Sachs - GSAM Compliance. He was part of the global forensics team and was part of the marketing and portfolio management compliance team. Manish was also part of the controls management team for the asset & wealth management team at JP Morgan and was part of the HSBC KYC remediation team for multiple lines of business.

Mahima Sahney

Delivery Lead, Compliance

Mahima Sahney has over 9+ years of experience in compliance and Investment banking having worked for firms including Ameriprise Financial. Her expertise spans across compliance and risk sector, focusing on compliance reviews of Electronic Communication. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is part of the central compliance team and specializes in Electronic Communication review. Mahima is a post graduate (Masters of commerce) and hold a degree from Bundelkhand University Jhansi.

Gaurav Sharma

Delivery Manager,Private Equity and Consulting

Gaurav Sharma has over 11 years of experience across various leading research firm. He works as an Oil & Gas (O&G) subject matter expert based out of India. Gaurav has worked closely with strategy teams of O&G supermajors and Oil Field Service companies, as well as with energy team of one of the leading management consulting firm. He is an MBA from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies and also holds a BE degree in Mechanical.

Yashas Gilganchi

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Yashas has about 5 years of experience in investment research and capital markets. In his 6+ months experience in Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has been working on the real estate sector as a Senior Associate. He is proficient in financial modelling, understanding and interpreting debt issuance term sheets, assessing changes in capital structure and its impact on cost of capital and understanding evolution of capital under Solvency II regulations. Yashas holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Majors in Corporate Finance and minors in Macroeconomics).

Khushboo Periwal

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Khushboo has over 2 years of experience in equity research on various sectors. She has recently joined Acuity Knowledge Partners and is working in Real Estate sector as Senior Associate. As an equity research analyst she has worked in US and Australian markets and is proficient in modelling, forecasting and valuation. Khushboo holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Finance) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Information Technology).

Archana Anumula

Assistant Director, Quantitative Services

Archana Anumula has more than 12 years of experience in economic research. She is proficient in writing country-specific economic reports and short notes on macroeconomic releases and in building and maintaining large databases, among others. She has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2011, and currently manages the Economics Research Support team that carries out sell-side research for a global investment banking firm. She is adept in managing accounts, teams, and pilot projects. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Archana was at the Research division at UBS ISC (Cognizant) and Infosys BPM.

Archana Anumula holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Economics from Bangalore University, India.

Ankita Mohanty

Associate, Business Research, Consulting Practice

Ankita Mohanty has over four years of experience in secondary research, database management, report writing, company profiling and data analysis. At Acuity, she works for a client in the mining and metals industry, with special focus on analyzing ‘iron ore’ as a commodity across CIS countries, Middle East and China. Prior to Acuity, she worked with Universal Data Solution, SNP Infra Research and Infoedge India Ltd. Ankita is a B. Tech from Biju Patnaik University.

Abhishek Modi

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Abhishek Modi is a CFA charter holder with 6 years of experience in equity research. Currently, is a Delivery Manager at Acuity Knowledge Partners and is proficient in semiconductor industry where responsibilities include supervise all the deliverables closely including quality assurance, workflow management and client relationship and provide the technical know-how to team in case of any support.

Paramjit Ahluwalia

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Paramjit has over 12 years of experience in the investment banking domain. He has been with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2012, actively assisting boutique and leading investment banks with company profiles, pitchbooks, financial models, capital structure analysis, precedent transactions and comparable analysis, operational and financial benchmarking, case studies, and other ad hoc projects. He also has extensive experience in supporting multiple industry teams, including consumer discretionary, telecom, pharmaceutical, mining, oil and gas, and agriculture, across geographies.

Paramjit holds an MBA from Symbiosis International University, Pune.

Hiral Rupani

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Hiral Rupani has 8 years of experience in commercial lending, credit recovery and NAV reconciliations. In her 3+years of experience at Acuity Knowledge Partners, she has worked with one of the largest UK based banks. She is an expert in the UK and the US Private Equity Sector and has core competency in building the borrowing base from scratch –that helps the credit risk team evaluate investors’ credit worthiness. She has also worked on many new-to-bank and ad hoc cases helping the origination team build and maintain solid relationship with clients.

Ruochen Shen

Analyst, CPB

Ruochen Shen is an Analyst of IB team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing office. She is proficient in conducting industry and company research on both qualitative and quantitative basis. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Ruochen worked in commercial banking industry and was responsible for Intermediary Business Management. Ruochen holds a BSc in Economics from Tianjin University of Science and Technology, China, a MSc in Finance from Renmin University of China, and a MSc in Applied Economics from University of Bath, UK.

Pramod Padhy

Delivery Manager, CCP

Pramod Padhy joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2015 and is a part of the company’s Private Equity and Consulting Division. His current role involves managing a fund-of-funds/alternative investment client and providing research support to a solar energy fund. He is primarily responsible to supervise all the deliverables closely including quality assurance, workflow management and client relationship and provide the technical know-how to team in case of any support. Overall, Pramod has over a decade experience in working on financial research and consulting projects that includes experience in writing various reports and case studies at industry/company level and preparing commentaries on asset classes including equity, fixed income, commodity etc. In his previous roles, he also gained exposure to pitch book, financial spreading, trading and transaction comps and other syndicated research. Pramod holds a PGEM from IMT Ghaziabad, Bachelors in Law and CFA L1 Candidate.

Zhen Zhao

Delivery Manager, IB

Zhen Zhao has 7 years of experience, with over 5 years associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners supporting US-based investment banks’ Asia Pacific division. He is currently responsible for overseeing two IBD teams, new staff training, team coaching, client communication, workflow monitoring, trouble shooting, work quality check and more. Zhen is a bachelor of accounting and master of applied finance from university of Adelaide, Australia.

Rajarshi Maulik

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Rajarshi Maulik has 13 years of experience in commercial lending, investment banking and equity research. In his 6+ years at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked with some of the largest investments banks in Europe. He is an expert in the UK housing sector and part of the commercial lending team at Bangalore delivery center.

Avinash Saxena

Delivery Manager, Consulting Practice

Avinash Saxena has over 8 years of work experience in consulting, market research, and project management. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked with Capgemini, Infosys, and Persistent Systems. His expertise areas include business & operational strategy, emerging technologies, innovation for financial services sector - particularly banking, payments, and FinTechs. He has also authored several though leadership pieces such as World Retail Banking Reports and World FinTech Reports. Currently, he is working as a strategic consultant for one of the leading global financial solutions provider firm. Avinash has done MBA from NMIMS Mumbai and B.Tech. from VNIT Nagpur.

Sajid Kachhi

Delivery Manager, Compliance

Sajid Kachhi has over 12+ years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including HSBC and Goldman Sachs. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on portfolio compliance. Sajid has done his graduation in Business Management from Bengaluru University.

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Venkatesh Krishnamurthy has over 14 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate (CRE). He currently co-leads CRE client engagement based out of US and is actively involved in client management, training and quality control of deliverables. He holds a MBA (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Rajeev Hota

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Rajeev Kumar Hota has over 14 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Underwriting. He currently leads CRE client engagement based out of US and is actively involved in client management, training and quality control of deliverables. He also represents himself as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in CRE at various client meetings and conferences. He holds an MBA (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce.

Tianyang Li

Consulting Analyst

Tianyang Li is Consulting Analyst at Acuity Knowledge Partners Beijing office. He is experienced in conducting consulting analysis of high-tech industries, including Fintech, New materials, and Biomedicine, covering macro trends, industry situations, and company research. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, Tianyang worked in the Commercial Bank industry and has experience as an intern in Public Fund. He has strong research and risk expertise with multi-language, analytical, and operational capabilities. Tianyang holds a Bachelor of English Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China, and a Master of Business Management from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Ruwani Kapuge

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Ruwani Kapuge has over 14 years of work experience in strategic planning and investment research. Currently works in the Fixed Income and Credit Research team, supporting a European sell-side client. Holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Finance) and Master in Business Administration, and is a CIMA (UK) associate member.

Anitha Revanna

Sr. Associate, Compliance Operations

Anitha has 6+ years of experience in Marketing Compliance. She has previously worked with State Street Global Advisors. Her expertise spans across compliance and risk sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials and social media contents. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is part of the central compliance team and specializes in marketing material review and social media reviews. Anitha is an MBA graduate from RV Institute of Management, Bangalore University.

Wilfred Peter

Delivery Manager, Compliance Operations

Wilfred Peter has over 11+ years of experience in compliance and Investment banking having worked for firms including State Street Global Advisors and HSBC. His expertise spans across compliance and risk sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials and social media contents. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of the central compliance team and specializes in marketing material review and social media reviews. Wilfred is a graduate (Bachelors of commerce) and hold a degree from St Joseph’s College of Commerce Bengaluru.

Sachith Vijayaraghavan

Senior Associate, Compliance Operations

Sachith Vijayaraghavan has 7 years of experience in compliance and has completed 5 years with Acuity Knowledge Partners. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials and Email Surveillance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of the central compliance team and specializing in marketing material review. Sachith is an MBA from Bharathiyar University.

Jingrong Ma

Analyst, SPDP/BR-BMK

Jingrong Ma is a part of Consulting Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Beijing Branch. She is proficient in consulting analysis of emerging industries such as Pharmaceutical, Banking, and Automotive covering macro trend, industry situation and company research. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, Jingrong worked in commercial banking industry and served with multinational Global 300 clients. Her work combines strong research and analytical expertise with multi-language, analytical, and operational capabilities. Jingrong holds a BSc in Economics with Accountancy from University of East Anglia, UK, and a MSc in Economics and Finance from University of Bath, UK.

Chayanika Perera

Delivery Lead, Quants

Chayanika has over 10 years of experience in equity valuation, financial modeling, and industry research. She is currently supporting a leading Europe-based multinational banking and financial services corporation in analyzing macroeconomic environment for fund performance. Chayanika is an Associate Member of CIMA UK and is currently reading for a Masters in Financial Economics from University of Colombo.

Shekhar Mishra

Delivery Manager, Data Analytics

Shekhar has over 10 years of experience in market research. He is leading multiple client engagements across market research value chain. He is also actively involved in innovation and data analytics endeavors. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners he worked at WNS Global Services. Shekhar holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology

Aradhna Chaudhry

Delivery Lead, Acuity Knowledge Partners

A Level II CFA candidate, Aradhna Chaudhry is a member of the Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has nearly five years of work experience and currently supports buy-side clients on financial models, recommendation reports, earnings reports, and thematic notes. Aradhna also holds a Bachelor in Science (Chemistry) degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Mitalee Jain

Analyst, Fund Marketing Services

Mitalee Jain has experience in the consultant database space. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supports fund marketing services for the asset management industry. She holds a Master of Science in Finance from IESEG School of Management, Paris, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Jain University, Bangalore .

Varad Sharma

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Varad Sharma is a part of Investment Research team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He has around four years of work experience and currently supports sell-side clients with research assignments including thematic reports, economic updates, data research, and earnings review. Varad holds Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Finance from Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad and Bachelor in Engineering (Mechanical) from University of Pune.

Swati Gera

Senior Associate

Swati Gera has 5 years of experience in Anti Money Laundering(AML) Analytics and Compliance reporting, having previously worked for Infosys. Her expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on AML and know your customer (KYC). At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is responsible for KYC/AML support to Compliance Services. Swati has done her engineering from Lingayas University, Faridabad.

Xiaoyu Zhang

Analyst, Consulting Practice

Xiaoyu Zhang is Consulting Analyst serving Beijing office of Acuity Knowledge Partners. She is proficient in consulting analysis of retail, consumer goods and TMT industries covering macro trend, industry situation and company research. Her work is highly recognized by clients for high quality production and solid experience in manipulating a considerable amount of databases. She has outstanding interdisciplinary ability with a Bachelor of Arts (World History) of Peking University, China and a Master of Science (Marketing) of University of Manchester, UK.

Avinash Kumar

Associate Director, Investment Research

Avinash Kumar has over 11 years of work experience in investment research. He currently leads multiple client engagements and is actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and client discussions. He is also a part of Projects and Transitions team and is responsible for handling various fixed income pilots and projects. He holds an MBA (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Jeetendra Prakash

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Jeetendra Prakash has over 9 years of experience in investment research with a focus on corporates and banks. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. The work involves building REIT models, NPL analysis, fair market value reports and theme-based research. He holds an MBA (Finance) and a bachelor of commerce.

Srinidhii Sreeram

Analyst

Srinidhii is an Analyst at Acuity Knowledge Partners Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division. She works for a US-based client and provides support on various marketing materials, including competitive snapshots, commentaries, and pitch books. She is a CFA level III candidate and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Madras.

Vishnu Menon

Analyst

Vishnu is currently an Analyst in the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division. His areas of expertise include financial markets and International relations and geopolitics. Vishnu holds a Master’s Degree in International Finance and Economics from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Aiswarya Unnithan

Senior Associate

Aiswarya has over four years of total work experience in the financial services industry. She is part of the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, providing support in writing market commentaries, letter to shareholders reports, attribution reports, and updating marketing material. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she was Portfolio Control Analyst in the asset management division of a US firm. She is a Level III candidate of the CFA program and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance).

Anisha Shangari

Senior Associate, Compliance Ops

Anisha Shangari has 5 years of experience in compliance/anti-fraud, having previously worked for American Express. Her expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and fraud management. At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is responsible for KYC/AML support to Compliance Services. Anisha has done her Masters in Mathematics from University Of Delhi.

Vinod Kavali

Delivery Manager, Compliance Operations

Vinod Kavali has over 10+ years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including Dell and Goldman Sachs. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and risk management. Vinod has done his graduation in Commerce from University of Madras.

Swati Gera

Senior Associate, CMPLNC_ANA

Swati Gera has 5 years of experience in Anti Money Laundering(AML) Analytics and Compliance reporting, having previously worked for Infosys. Her expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on AML and know your customer (KYC). At Acuity Knowledge Partners she is responsible for KYC/AML support to Compliance Services. Swati has done her engineering from Lingayas University, Faridabad.

Manjunath Pola

Delivery Manager, KYC

Manjunath Pola has over 10+ years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including Thomson Reuters and Deutsche Bank . His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and risk management. Manjunath has done his MBA in Finance and Marketing from Bangalore University

Raghavendran Vijendran

Assistant Director Quantitative Services

An MBA graduate with 14 years of experience in Index Operations, Data management, Client Servicing, and Portfolio Analytics. Has been with MA Knowledge Services for the past 9 years, supporting a global benchmark index provider in portfolio analytical and client service group engagements. Previously, worked with Fidelity and Reuters.

Mrutyunjay Panigrahi

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Mrutyunjay Panigrahi is part of the Investment Banking division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, attached to the Energy & Natural Resources sector. He has spent more than 10 years at Acuity Knowledge Partners and currently leads a team catering to a leading global investment bank. He holds an MBA in Finance from Utkal University.

Suren Weerasekera

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Suren currently supervises an engagement for a leading Europe-based multinational banking and financial services corporation in covenant monitoring and credit rating process. Previously worked as an offshore analyst for a leading US-based multinational financial services firm and provided support in equity valuation, financial analysis, and financial modeling.

Suren holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting and Finance) from Massey University, New Zealand. He is also an ACCA UK member.

Ying Ye

Compliance and Consulting Analyst

Ying Ye is Compliance and Consulting Analyst, responsible for executing new pilots for the compliance business in our Acuity Knowledge Partners Beijing office. She has solid experience serving on the front line, cooperating with the global compliance team and contributing to several cross-border compliance projects. Prior to compliance, Ying supported clients in the consulting industry. Her work combines strong research and risk expertise with multi-language, analytical, and operational capabilities. Ying holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sun Yat-sen University, China, and a Master of Arts from King’s College London, UK.

Sujatha Shetty

Delivery Lead, Investment Banking

Sujatha Shetty has over 9 years of experience in the financial reporting, market risks, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) domains. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked with J.P.Morgan and Deutsche Bank in the fund accounting and investment banking divisions, respectively. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she is Delivery Lead, responsible for providing support to a US-based mid-market investment banking client in M&A research and analysis. She has completed Level II of the CFA examination and holds a Bachelor of Business Management.

Deshitha Amarasinghe

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Deshitha is a Delivery Lead at Acuity Knowledge Partners Commercial Lending team in the Colombo office. He has over 3 years of experience at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Earlier, he supported a sell-side investment bank by carrying out rating assessments, creating pitch books (involving issuer/sovereign analysis of credit profiles, among other factors), and performing other fixed income-related tasks. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Finance from University of London, UK.

Jayraj Gohil

Delivery Lead, Compliance Operations

Jayraj Gohil has over 8 years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including State Street Global Advisors and Goldman Sachs. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on compliance reviews of marketing/advertising materials. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is part of the central compliance team and specializing in marketing material review. Jayraj is an MBA from Global Academy of Technology, Bengaluru (VTU).

Shenuk Alles

Senior Associate

Shenuk is part of Fund Marketing Services (FMS) at Acuity Knowledge Partners, where he focuses on the implementation of various digital marketing strategies for clients. He has over 12 years of experience in digital marketing and publishing, content management, business analysis, and client services. Additionally, he has experience in the application and execution of W3C standards, web design and applications, and web accessibility guidelines. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was Web Production Officer at a leading international bank. Shenuk holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Systems and Management) and a Certificate in Telecommunication.

Naveen Katakam

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Naveen Katakam, CFA, has over 11 years of experience in commentary writing, RFP creation/writing, and regulatory/client reporting. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he supports fund marketing services for the asset management industry. He holds a Master in Business Administration from Bangalore University.

Divya Jain

Analyst, Fund Marketing Services

Divya Jain has extensive experience in the Consultant Database space and in RFP creation. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, she supports fund marketing services for the asset management industry. She holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor of Commerce from Jain University.

Tanya Raj

Assistant Director, Forensic Compliance

Tanya heads Forensic Compliance practice. She has nearly 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked at Goldman Sachs as Vice President; GSAM Compliance as team manager - Bangalore, line compliance officer for the India businesses, and lead for forensic and marketing compliance initiatives. Tanya has also handled marketing strategy and communications at GSAM and market research at Thomson Financial. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) from Bangalore University.

Sadeera Wijesuriya

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Sadeera Wijesuriya is part of the Commercial Lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, and is attached to the Energy team. His current responsibilities involve assessing the creditworthiness of corporate clients, covenant monitoring, and performing risk raters. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was part of the Commercial Banking team for a multinational European Bank in Dubai, UAE. He holds over 10 years of onshore experience in managing corporate client portfolios. Sadeera holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Shashike Weerapura

Delivery Manager, Commercial Lending

Shashike Weerapura is part of the Commercial Lending division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, attached to the Energy team. His responsibilities involve writing credit reports, covenant monitoring, and performing risk raters.

He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from University of Derby.

He has over 10 years of work experience, handling portfolios with customers in various sectors, in the field of commercial lending both locally and internationally. This includes relationship management, loan structuring, credit evaluation, and risk management.

Devin Kandage

Analyst

Devin is part of the Quantitative Services team. He supports a benchmark index provider, conducting research on emerging market bond liquidity. He also contributes to Acuity Knowledge Partners’ data science projects and is a python trainer. He has experience in the entire process of data analysis, from extraction, cleanup and organization, to analysis. He has a first class degree in Economics and Finance and is a Level II candidate in the CFA program.

Anupama Sharma

Delivery Manager, Corporate and Consulting

Anupama Sharma has over 8 years of experience in research and consulting domain. She has been associated with Acuity Knowledge Partners since 2011 and has been actively assisting investing firms. In her current role, she has been providing analytical and research solutions to Private Equity clients. She has extensive experience across business environment and investment opportunity analysis. She also holds experience in market research and database creation. Anupama is an MBA from Bangalore University.

Harshwardhan Khandelwal

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Harshwardhan Khandelwal has over 10 years of work experience in investment research, with a focus on financial institutions, sovereigns and supranational entities. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. The process involves performing fundamental and technical analyses of issuers and discussions with the client’s rating committee. He is also actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and other client discussions. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Ankit Agarwal

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Ankit Agarwal has over 5 years of experience in investment research with a focus on sovereigns and corporates. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration (Finance) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance).

Vipul Gupta

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Vipul Gupta has over 10 years of experience in credit analysis, financial modelling, leveraged lending, industry coverage and onshore client-facing roles. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he leads a specialized leveraged lending credit analysis team covering diverse industries. Vipul holds a MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and a Bachelor in Engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana.

Nipun Mehra

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Nipun Mehra has around six years of experience in the financial services sector, particularly in corporate banking, including experience in corporate credit analysis, market research, credit support and sanctions. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is part of the Credit Analysis and Research team that has a specialized focus on large corporate leveraged lending customers. Nipun holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Lancaster University, UK.

Subha Herath

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Subha Herath has over 12 years of work experience in strategy, corporate finance, risk management and investment research, with a focus on the financial, sovereign and real-estate sectors. She currently works with the Fixed Income team in Colombo and supports a large European buy-side client. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences and is an Associate Member of CIMA. She is also a CFA Level III candidate.

Harshwardhan Khandelwal

Assistant Director, Investment Research

Harshwardhan Khandelwal has over 10 years of work experience in investment research, with a focus on financial institutions, sovereigns and supranational entities. He currently supports a large European buy-side client. He is also actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and other client discussions. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Binayak Ransingh

Delivery Lead

Binayak Ransingh is an Energy & Utilities practice lead in Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Private Equity & Consulting vertical. He has over five years of experience in the power and utilities sector, helping clients with various consulting and business research projects involving market assessment & intelligence, competitive benchmarking, market entry & expansion strategy, technology impact analysis, and business model analysis. Binayak holds an MBA in Power Management and a bachelor’s degree in Power System Engineering.

Miriam Manrique

Director, Country Manager Costa Rica

Miriam has over 16 years of work experience transforming, growing, and leading near-shore specialized finance companies with high levels of client satisfaction and employee engagement; our Costa Rica center has been ranked as a Great Place to Work for nine years consecutively. She is ranked in the Top 100 Business Women in Latin America. A CFA charterholder, she holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Economics, a Certification in Strategy and Innovation, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Suresh Chavali

Delivery Lead, Compliance

Suresh Chavali has over 8 years of experience in compliance, having worked for various firms including Barclays and Deutsche Bank. His expertise spans across the risk and compliance sector, focusing on know your customer (KYC) and risk management. At Acuity Knowledge Partners he is responsible for Pre-sales and Product Management support to Compliance Services. Suresh has done his engineering from JNTU Hyderabad.

Kartikeya Arora

Senior Associate, Investment Research

Kartikeya Arora has over 4 years of experience in research and advisory, financial modeling and report writing. During his two and a half year tenure at Acuity Knowledge Partners, Kartikeya has worked in both equity and credit domains, covering companies primarily located in North America and Asia. He is currently working with the Investment Research team tracking the Asian Insurance space.

Chhavi Sharma

Delivery Lead, Business Research

Chhavi Sharma has over 7 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. As part of Acuity Knowledge Partners Corporate and Consulting practice, she is currently working of ad-hoc projects for clients across the globe. Chhavi’s expertise is in secondary research, and she is experienced in preparing company and industry focused reports, newsletters, competitor analysis, country profiling, data gathering, press searches, and other related tasks. She holds a BBA from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and an MBA in Human Resources and Marketing from the Amity Business School.

Shivam Dua

Delivery Manager

Shivam Dua joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2009 and is a part of the firm’s Private Equity and Consulting Vertical. His current role involves managing multiple PE and fund-of-funds clients. Shivam has extensive experience across a broad range of private equity and hedge fund services, including fundraising pitchbook, investment due diligence, investment memorandums, fund cash flow modeling, portfolio monitoring and fund revaluation models. Shivam has cleared all three levels of Chartered Financial Analyst exam conducted by the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute (USA). He also holds Master in Science (Finance) from ICFAI University and has done his Bachelors in Commerce from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.

Harsha Krishnakumar

Assistant Director, Fund Marketing Services

Harsha Krishnakumar has over 10 years of experience in RFP creation/writing and personal coaching. In his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he provides support in business development and content strategy for fund marketing services. Prior to this, he was part of the Sales Enablement team at JPMorgan. He holds a Master of Business Administration from ICFAI Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering from Bangalore Institute of Technology.

Lakshmi Krishna

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Lakshmi Krishna has over 6 years of experience in commentary writing, RFP creation/writing, and client reporting. In her current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, she provides support in fund marketing services for the asset management industry. She holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Texas and a Bachelor of Engineering (Information Science and Technology) from Visvesvaraya Technological University.

Supratik Shankar

Assistant Director, Investment Research, CFA

Supratik Shankar is a CFA charterholder with over nine years of experience in equity research, covering the industrials sector. He currently works in the Investment Research division of Acuity Knowledge Partners and supports buy-side clients with research assignments. He is experienced in performing investment thesis validation, spotting secular plays, conducting ESG research, writing thematic reports, and creating financial models.

Supratik holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from SDM Institute for Management Development, India, and a Bachelor of Technology (Electrical) from West Bengal University of Technology, India.

Nivesh Shankar

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Nivesh is a Finance and Economics postgraduate with over 7 years of total work experience. He has experience in the capital markets domain, with exposure to investment banking, commentary writing, performance reporting, client reporting, and preparing RFPs/DDQs for mutual funds and ETFs. Nivesh is currently Delivery Manager at Acuity Knowledge Partners, preparing, maintaining, and updating fund marketing material and client reports, such as factsheets, presentations, and brochures. Prior to this, he was Analyst at an investment banking firm, where he was responsible for equity/sector research and company valuations.

Rangana Hettiarachchi

Senior Associate, Digital Marketing

Rangana Hettiarachchi is a Senior Associate at Acuity Knowledge Partners Digital Marketing function with over four years of experience in corporate reporting and content management. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked as Manager, Content Development, at Smart Media (PVT) Ltd. In this role, he had worked with local and international clients on corporate communications strategy development. Rangana holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.

Megha Wadhwa

Associate, Compliance

Megha Wadhwa has over 4 years of experience in investment compliance. In her current role she is working as an Associate with Acuity Knowledge Partners supporting Coding & Post Trade Monitoring functions and has previously worked with JP Morgan Chase. She holds MBA degree from IBS Hyderabad and B.Tech from Rajasthan Technical University.

Nachiketa Trivedi

Senior Associate

Nachiketa Trivedi is a senior RFP writer at Acuity Knowledge Partners with over six years of experience in asset management and information technology. Nachiketa, who joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in June 2017, has worked across various asset classes. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was with Invesco Asset Management where coordinated and completed RFIs/RFPs/DDQs for institutional and retail clients based in Asia (ex-Japan, ex-Australia). Prior to that, Nachiketa worked for Infosys in its banking platform Finacle as an Associate Consultant responsible for presales and business development activities. Nachiketa holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Technology (Civil Engineering).

Richa Gambhir

Senior Associate, Corporates and Consulting

Richa Gambhir has over 5 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. As part of Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Corporate and Consulting practice, she is currently handling a media monitoring project for a US-based hedge fund. Richa’s expertise is in secondary research, and she is experienced in preparing company- and industry focused-reports, event updates, newsletters, and other related tasks. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Business Economics.

Shivani Dogra

Assistant Director, Corporate and Consulting

Shivani works in the Corporate Strategy & Research practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has more than 10 years of experience working on assignments related to strategy formulation, market feasibility, market expansion (buy/build options), business transformation, process/efficiency improvement and related areas. Her recommendations are used by client’s senior management team to prioritize their products and deploy resources accordingly.

Acuity Knowledge Partners works across corporate divisions and helps them manage change, capitalize on opportunities, improve operational efficiency, optimize costs, and increase agility and responsiveness in today’s ever-changing global business environment.

Neha Sharma

Senior Associate, Corporate and Consulting

Neha Sharma has over 6 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in life sciences and healthcare consulting, sales and marketing. She has successfully led and executed a variety of client projects covering competitive intelligence, situation analysis, mapping patient journeys and business development. She has also played an active role in front-end client engagements.

Neha holds an MBA in International Business Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Deepti Kapoor

Senior Associate

Deepti Kapoor is a member of the Consulting and Corporate practice with experience in the research and consulting industry. She has supported private equity funds, financial institutions and stock exchanges on a range of assignments and engagements across sectors.

Deepti’s expertise is in secondary research projects involving comparative performance analysis, data collection, and benchmarking. She holds a Bachelors of Technology.

Aditya Singh

Senior Associate, Consulting and Corporate

Aditya Singh works with the Consulting and Corporate business where he has been engaged in multiple projects related to equity research, sector specific analysis and stock reports. His expertise includes financial and business research along with secondary research.

Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners, he has worked at a KPO, where his role included providing qualitative research to investment banking clients, analysis of fixed income securities, and other secondary research projects. Aditya holds a Bachelor in Computer Applications (BCA) and an MBA in Finance from University of Lucknow.

Rahul Kajla

Delivery Manager, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Rahul Kajla has over 8 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. He currently works in the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners and supports business management consulting clients in their research assignments. He is experienced in preparing company and industry focused reports, competitor analysis and benchmarking. Rahul holds B.Com (Hons.) from Delhi University and Masters in Finance from ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad.

Mayur Bhakre

Senior Associate, Corporate and Consulting

Mayur Bhakre has over 3 years of experience in Business and Strategy research. As a team member of the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners he supports clients in the FinTech sector. His focus areas include company and industry analysis, competitor profiling, market studies of strategic interests. Prior to Joining Acuity Knowledge Partners he was associated with Deloitte (USI). Mayur holds an MBA from Devi Ahilya University, Indore and a Bachelor’s in life sciences from Jiwaji University, Gwalior.

Rohit Makker

Senior Associate, Investment Banking

Rohit Makker has over 5 years of experience in consulting and research. He currently provides Food and Agriculture research and analysis support to a leading European Bank.

Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he was associated with Netscribes where he worked on market sizing, customer satisfaction and industry analysis on consumer goods, food and agriculture sector.

He holds an MBA - Marketing from ITM Mumbai and Bachelors in Business Administration from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalya, Indore.

Sonali Pahwa

Delivery Lead, Corporate and Consulting

Sonali Pahwa has over four years of experience in business research and analysis in the private equity/venture capital funds practice. She joined Acuity Knowledge Partners in 2014 and is currently a part of one of its largest private equity engagements. Her key focus areas include company screening, industry study, macroeconomic analysis, competitor profiling, product benchmarking and portfolio monitoring. She holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Sanyam Bhatia

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Sanyam Bhatia has over 9 years of work experience in Investment Banking, encompassing a number of sectors including Aviation, Industrials, and TMT. His area of expertise includes financial modeling, industry research, and client engagement. Sanyam holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from ICFAI Business School (IBS), Dehradun, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Sudhir Arora

Assistant Director, Presales

Sudhir Arora has over 12 years of experience delivering innovative solutions to Market Research Firms. He has in-depth expertise in quantitative and qualitative market research methodologies across industry sectors. At Acuity Knowledge Partners Sudhir is responsible for pre-sales activities including RFP/RFQ/RFI management, preparing cost estimates and liaising with clients for requirements, and sales support. Sudhir holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, a Diploma in Civil Engineering and is a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Nuha Hameed

Associate, Commercial Lending

Nuha Hameed is an Associate in the Commercial Lending business at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She is experienced in earning updates, monitoring covenants, and performing risk raters. Nuha is a Passed Finalist from the Chartered Institute of Management (UK) and is a CFA (USA) Level 1 Candidate.

Niranjana Mathur

Senior Associate, Quantitative Services

Niranjana has over 4 years work experience, supporting financial services across different product lines. She is currently a part of the Quantitative Services team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she was an Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She holds a master’s degree in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance.

Gayathri Bodhidasa

Delivery Manager, Fund Marketing Services

Gayathri Bodhidasa works as an RFP writer in the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has over 4 years of experience in asset management, RFP/ RFI compilation, and due diligence, focused on mutual funds. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, she worked as a Finance Associate in a leading global conglomerate. Gayathri is an Associate member of CIMA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Psychology.

Aasaf Samoo

Senior Associate, FMS

Aasaf Samoo works in the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division at Acuity Knowledge Partners, where he provides client support in maintaining consultant databases and writing RFPs. He has over 3 years of experience in Consultant Databases and RFPs. Previously, he was an MIS Analyst at a leading local bank. Aasaf holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business.

Geo Thomas John

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Geo Thomas John has close to 10 years of experience in equity research and has covered multiple sectors including Oil & Gas and Technology. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners he worked at Goldman Sachs in the Equity Research division.

He holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and a B.Tech in Electronics & Communication from University of Kerala.

Irisha Boruah

Delivery Manager, Corporates and Consulting

Irisha Boruah has over 7 years of experience in consulting and research. At Acuity Knowledge Partners as a part of the Business Research, Consulting and Content practice; She supports multiple clients across industries in areas such as media monitoring, content creation, validation, index and market research. Previously, she worked with Dion Global Solutions, supporting clients on business and equity research. Irisha holds B.Com (Hons.) from Calcutta University and Masters in Business from Bangalore University.

Pratap Singh

Associate Director, Private Equity

Pratap Singh leads the Private Equity and Venture Capital practices at Acuity Knowledge Partners, responsible for managing and developing client relationships and overseeing multiple accounts. He has extensive experience in managing direct investments, primary fund investments, FoFs and complex secondary transactions. Over the last 11 years, he has been involved in more than 5,000 PE direct and FoFs deals.

Sameera Singh

Delivery Lead, Corporates & Consulting

Sameera Singh is life sciences practice lead within the corporates and consulting vertical at Acuity Knowledge Partners. She has over seven years of work experience in life-sciences consulting, business research, and marketing. She has hands-on experience in strategic projects, such as therapeutic area assessment, competitive intelligence, disease insights, and brand management. Sameera is an MBA (Pharmaceutical Management) gold medalist and holds a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Alok Aswal

Delivery Manager, Survey Programming

Alok Aswal has 12 years of experience in survey programming using multiple programming tools like Dimensions, Qualtrics, and Decipher. He is also experienced in web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. He is skilled in strategic planning, new business start-ups, market-plan execution, budgeting/finance, customer service, staff training, supervision and mentoring. He has been at Acuity Knowledge Partners for 12 years, now responsible for conceptualizing specific client needs and framing solutions to assist in business development efforts. Alok holds a master’s degree in Computer Applications and a bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Nikunj Shinghal

Senior Associate, Quantitative Services

Nikunj is a part of the Strategy and Benchmark Index team at Acuity Knowledge Partners. The team manages calculation, rebalancing, and various other activities related to strategy and benchmark indices. Prior to joining, he worked at Northern Trust as an analyst. Nikunj has over 4 years of total work experience. He is a FRM charterholder and CFA level II candidate. He also holds PGDM in Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Chinmay Pednekar

Delivery Lead, Corporates and Consulting

Chinmay Pednekar has over 5 years of experience in providing advisory and research services for PE/VC funds across Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Healthcare verticals and in particular FinTech. He has extensive experience in working on a variety of projects covering the entire life cycle of a PE/VC fund, including fund raising, industry deep dives, target mapping, due diligence and portfolio monitoring. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners Chinmay worked with Genesis Capital Advisors, a boutique M&A advisory firm. He holds a Bachelors in Financial and Investment Analysis from University of Delhi.

Ayman Nuhuman

Delivery Lead, Quantitative Services

Ayman Nuhuman is a CIMA (UK) Passed Finalist. He has also completed Level I of the CFA program. Ayman has supported the Investment Research vertical at Acuity Knowledge Partners for the past 8 years.

Aditya Jaiswal

Analyst, Quantitative Services

Aditya Jaiswal has over 3 years of experience in equity research. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked at William O’Neil India and Stewart and Mackertich, a front-end wealth management firm. He is an alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, where he studied finance.

Sana Ansari

Senior Associate, Corporates and Consulting

Sana Ansari has over 6 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. As part of Acuity Knowledge Partners’ Corporate and Consulting practice, she is currently handling a media monitoring project for a US-based hedge fund. Sana’s expertise is in secondary research, and she is experienced in preparing company- and industry focused-reports, event updates, newsletters, and other related tasks. She holds a BA in Computer Applications from the Jamia Millia Islamia University and an MBA with a specialization in Finance from the Jamia Hamdard University.

Vaibhav Methi

Assistant Director, Strategic & Consulting Research

Vaibhav Methi has 14 years of experience in the financial services sector with exposure into corporate strategy, research, advisory, financial planning & analysis and corporate development. He has handled multiple client engagements across the spectrum from bulge bracket investment banks to PE giants ranging from valuations to industry research. He has deep expertise in account management, team management and new project initiation. Recently, Vaibhav was assisting the CEO on corporate strategy and operational development projects. Prior to joining Acuity Knowledge Partners, he worked with Oracle Corp in their corporate finance division.

Manish Gupta

Delivery Lead, Compliance_Ops

Manish has over 8 years of experience in investment management industry and specializes in investment management compliance. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he is responsible for successful migration, implementation, ongoing maintenance of global clients’ investment guidelines which includes guideline interpretation, rules coding, testing compliance rules, list update and post trade monitoring. Prior to Acuity Knowledge Partners Manish worked at AXA, Infostep India and a prominent chartered accountant’s firm. He holds an MBA in Finance and International Business form Kohinoor Business School.

Yojak Khanse

Assistant Director. Fund Marketing Services

Yojak manages RFP teams within Fund Marketing Services (FMS) at Acuity Knowledge Partners. He is responsible for meeting client expectations on deliverables, introducing process improvements, and team coaching/mentoring. Prior to his current role at Acuity Knowledge Partners, he served in similar capacities at top custody and asset management firms such as J.P. Morgan. Yojak has over 8 years of experience in business development and strategy related roles. He holds an MBA, with dual specialization in Finance and Strategy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Anandita Ray

Delivery Manager, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Anandita Ray has over 7 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. She currently works in the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners and supports clients in the payments and remittance industry with assignments related to growth strategy formulation, go-to-market strategy, market entry and expansion, and competitor analysis and benchmarking. Anandita holds B.Com (Hons.) from Calcutta University and Masters in Finance from Amity University.

Chetali Varshney

Associate, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Chetali Varshney has over 3 years of experience in strategic research and consulting role, covering various sectors including technology, oil and gas, heavy machinery, and automotive. She holds an MBA degree from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and is a mechanical engineer from Maharishi Dayanand University.

Vipul Gupta

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Vipul Gupta has over 10 years of experience in credit analysis, financial modelling, leveraged lending, industry coverage and onshore client-facing roles. At Acuity Knowledge Partners, he leads a specialized leveraged lending credit analysis team covering diverse industries. Vipul holds a MBA from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and a Bachelor in Engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University, Haryana.

Somsukla Biswas

Senior Associate, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Somsukla has over 4 years of experience across various corporate and financial sectors, with special focus on Insurance. As a part of the Business Research and Consulting practice at Acuity Knowledge Partners; She currently provides insurance research and analysis support to a global management consulting firm in multiple areas including model building, financial analysis, trend analysis, competitive benchmarking, market entry strategies and product segmentation studies. Prior to this, Somsukla performed financial analysis and opportunity identification for multiple companies across industry sectors. She is a post graduate in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

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